THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2098

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to health.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the recent decision in Slingluff v. State of Hawaii, 131 Hawaii 239, 317 P.3d 683 (2013), created a distinction between medical discretion and governmental discretion for physicians who are employed by the State, unnecessarily extending personal liability to state employed physicians who are acting in the course and scope of their employment.

The purpose of this Act is to clarify that physicians and other medical health professionals who are employed by the State enjoy a qualified immunity against personal liability when exercising their professional medical discretion in their state employment.

SECTION 2. Chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"321-   Medical health professionals; qualified immunity. State employees who exercise professional medical discretion within the course and scope of their government employment shall receive qualified immunity from any personal liability. Medical health professionals shall also be afforded any other privileges and immunities that are available under common law, federal law, or state law for other government employees who are not medical health professionals, when those other government employees are acting in the course and scope of their government employment."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Professional Medical Discretion; State Employees

 

Description:

Clarifies that medical health professionals who are employed by the State receive a qualified immunity from personal liability when exercising their governmental discretion as employees of the State when acting in the course and scope of their state employment.

 

 

 

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